With the age of 20 I went to London, and I won the Mr. Universe Contest as the youngest Mr. Universe ever and it was because I had a goal.You see, if you don’t have a vision of where you go, and if you don’t have a goal where you go, you drift around and you never end up anywhere.
74% (of people) hate their job in America. The majority of people don’t like what they’re doing, because they’re really not doing it, because they didn’t have a goal and then followed this goal. They just aimlessly drift around. And there’s a job opening, so they get their job because they need to work. But then when you work, it’s a chore. It’s work. It’s not fun. So if you think about it, only a quarter of people really enjoy what they’re doing in life.
So people always ask me, when they saw me in the gym in the pumping iron days, they say why is it that you’re working out so hard, five hours a day, six hours a day, and you have always a smile on your face? The others are working out just as hard as you do and they look sour in the face. Why is that？
I told people all the time, because to me, I am shooting for a goal. In front of me is the Mr. Universe title. So, every rep that I do gets me close to accomplishing the goal, to make this goal this vision turning into reality. Every single set that I do, every repetition of weight that I lift, will get me a step close to turning this goal into a reality.
So, I couldn’t wait to do another 500 pound squat; I couldn’t wait to do another 500 pound bench press; I couldn’t wait to do another 2,000 sit-ups; I couldn’t wait for the next exercise.So let me tell you something that visualizing your goal and going after it makes it fun. You got to have a purpose no matter what you do in life, you got to have the purpose.
Muhammad Ali worked his butt off. And I saw it first-hand. I remember that there was a sports writer in the gym. When Ali was working out doing sit-ups, he asked Ali: “How many sit-ups do you do?” And he said: “I don’t start counting until it hurts. Now think about that he doesn’t start counting his sit-ups until he feels pain. That’s when he starts counting. That is working hard. So you can’t get around the hard work, it doesn’t matter who it is. Work your ass off.
There is no magic pill. There is no magic out there. You cannot get around. You have to work and work and work. Make sure of this. Make sure of that. All this stuff is work.